The Texas Tech institute for Small Business (ISB) is one of Texas Tech University's economic development departments. ISB has several small business technical assistance programs that work effectively with economic development partners, government entities, and lenders throughout our 117-county region to start, grow and expand small businesses in Northwest Texas. The ISB is part of Texas Tech's outreach efforts to support community entrepreneurship and innovation. The ISB has expertise in manufacturing, procurement, and business development, which helps entrepreneurs start and grow businesses, create jobs, increase sales, provide access to capital/funding, and provide customized training on relevant business management topics, such as cybersecurity, marketing and profitability.
Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
The SBDC program is the largest resource partner for the U.S. Small Business Administration and the most comprehensive small business assistance network in the United States. SBDC provides management and technical assistance to small business owners. The Northwest Texas SBDC serves 95 counties through 6 centers located in the region.Read More
Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC)
The TMAC program, under management of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing.Read More
The APEX Accelerators program, under management of the Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), provides education and training to ensure that small businesses become capable of participating in federal, state, and local government contracts. Northwest Texas APEX Accelerator program assists small businesses in 117 counties.Read More
Rural Business Opportunity Program (RBOP)
The RBOP program is funded by a USDA Grant to improve economic development outcomes for rural communities via business training and technical assistance to the 13 communities of Bailey, Castro, Lamb, and Parmer Counties.Read More